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LVJUSD Launches YouthBuild Program, a Second Chance for Students

December 9, 2021 - On Monday, December 6, 2021, YouthBuild hosted an open house for its new facility located at the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities campus on Ladd Avenue in Livermore. District staff, LVJUSD Board trustees, and community partners were able to tour the construction classroom, computer lab, and offices; meet with some of the 19 students from YouthBuild’s inaugural class; and share in the excitement for the launch of this new program.

The YouthBuild program serves young adults between 16 and 24 who did not complete high school by offering both a Building Trades pre-apprenticeship certification and the opportunity to complete coursework to earn their high school diploma or a GED. “YouthBuild is a unique collaboration between our District, local partners, and the Federal Government that creates an amazing opportunity to combine education and job training. This program allows our participants access to career pathways that they wouldn’t have without their diploma,” stated Steven Martin, YouthBuild Program Manager.

For young adults trying to navigate the job market without a high school diploma, the challenges can be immense. “My mom told me about YouthBuild. The last nine months I’ve been living in Southern California, working jobs, but not getting ahead,” shared YouthBuild member, Jacob Downey. “I moved back for the chance to get my diploma and certificates that will help me get into an apprenticeship. This program is a great chance to get a career that will someday help me start a family or buy a home.”

“When I first heard about YouthBuild, I was told it was a great way to finish my high school diploma. I dropped out of high school at 18, and have struggled to get where I want to be. Later I learned that YouthBuild also offers Building Trades certificates, and would pay me $500 a month. It is exactly what I was looking for,” commented YouthBuild member, Dominic McGee.

Each six-month session meets Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. Every day includes time spent in a pre-apprenticeship program designed to help students move into a fully-paid apprenticeship, and offers certifications in MC3, OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR. Students also spend time each day working in conjunction with Livermore Adult Education to finish their educational coursework.

Space is still available to register for the first session of LVJUSD YouthBuild through December 17, 2021. Those interested in the program can receive more information on the YouthBuild website at www.livermoreschools.org/YouthBuild, or by contacting the program manager, Steven Martin, at 925-290-9927.